Applying Optimality Findings: Critique of Graham Taylor's Critique of RCUK Self-Archiving Mandate

Harnad, Stevan (2005) Applying Optimality Findings: Critique of Graham Taylor's Critique of RCUK Self-Archiving Mandate. [Departmental Technical Report] (Unpublished)

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Graham Taylor, director of educational, academic and professional publishing at the Publishers Association, criticises the Research Councils UK (RCUK) proposal to require that the author of every published article based on RCUK-funded research must “self-archive” a supplementary “open access” version on the web so it can be freely read and used by any researcher worldwide whose institution cannot afford the journal in which it was published. The purpose of the RCUK policy is to maximise the usage and impact of research. Taylor argues that it may have an adverse affect on some journals. This critique points out that there is no evidence from 15 years of open-access self-archiving that it has had any adverse affect on journals and a great deal of evidence that it enhances research impact.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:open access, self-archiving, research councils UK, publishing, peer-review, journals
Subjects:Electronic Publishing > Archives
ID Code:4449
Deposited By: Harnad, Stevan
Deposited On:09 Jul 2005
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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